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Ethnic Media and Activism

Pass It On! Panel #3

Online TALK
Online/Zoom connection $5

Pushing back, rising up, speaking out!

Pass It On! Intergenerational conversations about Protest and Activism is a panel series exploring the history and impact of protest and activism in diverse communities in partnership with Deakin University.

For the third panel discussion of the series, join us for a conversation with leading experts on multicultural media as they discuss the many ways in which independent ethnic media outlets advocate for and combat conspiracies and injustice facing diverse communities.

The discussion will touch on historical examples of ethnic media’s role in broadening discussion and enacting critical change in Australia such as the Greek media’s role against the Greek Military Junta 1967-1975; Italian and Greek migrant workers’ rights in the 1970s; ethnic involvement in the Vietnam War Moratoriums; Indian media and its role in protesting violence against Indian students in the 1990s; as well as the pivotal role multicultural female journalists have played in supporting their communities through activism and advocacy.

Onsite tickets include after-hours access to Becoming You: An incomplete guide until 9pm, pending reopening.

Panel #1: Thursday 14 October: Queering Ethnicities
Panel #2: Thursday 18 November: Rebellion and Creativity


Dina Gerolymou

Dina Gerolymou is a journalist and the author of the book “The Battle of Crete: the untold stories”. She migrated to Australia from Greece in the early ‘90s with a journalistic background in Athens media. She studied journalism (RMIT, 1996) and immediately after she resumed her career on radio while continuing her studies in history (University of Melbourne, 1999) and education (University of Melbourne 2001).

Dina has worked for bilingual publications and taught humanities in mainstream schools. The last seven years she’s been working as a senior producer with the Greek Program of SBS Radio. Dina has an interest in women’s affairs, the history of Hellenism in Australia and World War II. Last year she launched the podcast series “ANZAC Tales from Greece” which has been nominated for two awards in NSW and Victoria. She is an active member of Women in Media.

Dr Vikrant Kishore

Dr Vikrant Kishore is an academic, filmmaker, and a journalist. Currently, he is a Senior Lecturer in Screen & Design at Deakin University, Melbourne. Vikrant has been capturing stories of cultural flows and its impact on Indian diaspora in Australia. Vikrant likes to integrate traditional cultural practices with new media technologies to archive, create digital exposition, collaborate on multi-media media exhibitions and festivals. He has authored and edited books on Indian cinema, and intangible cultural heritage. He has been a jury member in various international film festivals. Vikrant has worked with Zee News in India as a correspondent, he contributes to SBS Australia regularly, and created two web-series – It’s my Desi Life, and Australian Indians Making a Difference for SBS Hindi. Vikrant continues to capture news and stories of the diaspora through his online news portal

Riccardo Schirru

Riccardo Schirru is a journalist born in Italy who has had extensive experience both in radio and print media. He has worked at SBS, Radio 3AK, 3BM and Rete Italia. He has been employed as a Senior Journalist working at Il Globo Italian newspaper for the last 15 years and also coordinates a weekly culinary radio program broadcasting on the Rete Italia frequency.

Panel Chair: Fotis Kapetopoulos

Fotis Kapetopoulos has 35 years of experience in the arts and multicultural media. He is a journalist and adviser for Neos Kosmos, Australia’s leading Greek Australian media since 1957. He was Multicultural Media Advisor to former Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu 2011- 2013. Fotis returned to Neos Kosmos, where in 2020 he led a campaign to have multicultural media invited to state government press conferences. Neos Kosmos’ advocacy resulted in the Victorian government allocating $3.5m to the multicultural media sector and NSW government $2.5m. Fotis developed of a national lobby group Independent Multicultural Media Australia, (IMMA) representing over 35 commercial multicultural media outlets. He also heads communications and research consultancy Kape Communications Pty Ltd. He is a Smithsonian Institution (short-term) Intern and an Asialink Arts Management Residency recipient. Fotis is a PhD Candidate at Deakin University looking at multicultural media and the role of Neos Kosmos.

Proudly supported by the Asian Media and Cultural Studies Network, Deakin University


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